Before & After: Changing spindles to embedded glass
One of the popular trends we have have seen over recent years is customers moving away from traditionally turned spindles in favour of glass. This is largely due to a desire to create a bright contemporary space within the heart of the home but there are practical implications to be considered too. The original staircase (pictured right) was painted white in an effort to lighten the hallway but the transformation to oak and glass adds the warming tones of oak with the open feeling of glass which allows unobstructed light to fill the hallway. The new 10mm toughened glass panels means there are no gaps between spindles to collect dust and the absence of glass clamps offers a more streamlined look. An added wall handrail makes a further safety feature while the new carpet injects colour with the stripes creating a further illusion of extra space.
One of the biggest transformations of any staircase renovation can be seen where a dark timber balustrade is transformed by a glass renovation. Here a deep brown mahogany stain looks dated in a home wanting to achieve a modern look and reduces the amount of light reflected around the stairway making the space feel darker.
Abbott-Wade’s embedded glass spindles have brightened up the whole stairway giving clean, straight lines which not only looks sleek and stylish but allows light to flood the stairway. The edges of the each spindle refract the light adding detail and an extra magical sparkle.
The transformation pictured below emphasises the increased impression of openness a glass balustrade can create. The glass front of the property shows off the staircase with the glass balustrade allowing a flow of light through the house from front to back. Meanwhile the walkway which spans the upper level of the property appears to float with the addition of the glass. It now looks more discrete and makes the upstairs feel like it is an extension of the open living area.
Many customers tell us that the additional dusting required between the spindles and that after painting the spindles every few years; the time, effort and drip marks involved have been a significant motivation for their decision to choose a glass installation.
Below is another example of a renovation with embedded glass making a home feel warmer and brighter. The additional oak feature step is an elegant addition inviting all visitors to climb the beautiful new stairs.
Each of the Before & After image blocks on this page are taken before and after a real Abbott-Wade installation from UK homes visited by our installation teams. Some of the images may be taken at different stages of completion with carpets/decoration left unfinished.